Reality TV star Nicole Clawson arrested for fraud
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 07:15:19 PM EST
A reality TV star accused of ripping off people across Central Florida was busted in Lady Lake late Thursday night.
Nicole Clawson, 39, is best known for appearing on the truTV reality show "Full Throttle Saloon," and Local 6 was there as Clawson was escorted into the Lake County Jail Thursday night.
[UPDATE: Victim of scam comes forward]
She remained silent as she walked into the jail, accused of ripping off men and women in Sumter, Marion and Lake counties.
"Full Throttle Saloon" was taped in August but is just now appearing on television.
Detectives say Clawson lied her way onto the set of the show, which is about an infamous biker bar in Sturgis, South Dakota. She allegedly told producers she inherited $40 million from her deceased father and wanted to give the bar $1 million.
Since October, detectives said Clawson has been in Central Florida hanging out near The Villages Regional Hospital, Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, posing as a nurse as well as a terminally ill cancer patient.
Detectives say she even shaved her head to look like she was undergoing treatment so other people, many of whom were really battling cancer, would give her money.
In fact, detectives said a cancer patient from The Villages led authorities to Clawson Thursday night. Clawson was arrested in Lady Lake without incident.
"It's a total tragedy," said lead detective Darren Norris with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. "Everybody that she preyed on was vulnerable."
Norris says Clawson also met unsuspecting men online, including a man in a wheelchair whom she convinced to marry her.
Clawson allegedly used the men to try and buy several million dollar homes across Central Florida.
Norris said he's never seen anything like this in his 24 years of working in law enforcement.
Norris does not know what brought Clawson to Central Florida, but he said years ago, the mother of three even published fake obituaries about her children to get money in Indiana.
"I have no doubt in my mind there's more victims out there," said Norris.
Anyone who feels they may be a victim of Clawson is urged to call the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at 352-569-1680.